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My son had a concussion almost 4 weeks ago. He stayed home

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My son had a concussion almost 4 weeks ago. He stayed home for two weeks resting from TV, activities,etc. He was dizzy for most of the first wk and with headaches. In the hospital, they sent him home with rest instructions and to see pediatrician, but didn't do any scans. He has gone back to school (8th gr.) and headaches come and go in less frequency and intensite. But he still feels unsure going up steps and running. Is this normal? Should I take him for a test to a neurologist? The pediatrician does not think is necesary. He has forgotten a couple of conversations over the course of this period but nothing else. He even took a whole week of standarize tests at school. He still have an issue with his eyes if he looks at 3D postcards (we were at a store last Sunday).

neuromd2012 :

Hello

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welcome to Just Answer

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I am a neurologist and am online to answer your questions

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I will start to write as you are offline, please review this and get back to me when you come online

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so one question would be about the concussion, what happened? how much velocity in impact?

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was there a loss of conciousness? or change in level of conciousness? for how long

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nausea/vomiting after as well? photophobia or light bothering his eyes after?

Customer:

Hi Dr. Duncan was playing basketball and was pushed from behind and hit the padded wall on top of his head.

Customer:

He didn't lose conciousness or vomited.

neuromd2012 :

hi

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ok

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so no major impact

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and that is why no imaging

Customer:

The sunlight does bother him when it's really bright outside

Customer:

Ok

neuromd2012 :

well that suggests meningeal irritation

neuromd2012 :

that comes from a neurochemical change in the brain as a result of the concussion

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but does not in itself suggest frank bleeding

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that is always the concern

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is there a bruise or contusion from the trauma

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as that could cause a seizure focus later on

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but that does not seem to be the case here

Customer:

I just want to make sure he does not need additional attention. No he did not have

neuromd2012 :

sure

Customer:

any bruises

neuromd2012 :

I certainly understand your concern

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right

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but he certainly had a concussion from the history

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and he should try not to have another, until his symptoms are completely gone

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as then you can get an additive or synnergistic effect

Customer:

yes, we took him to the ER because he got very dizzy and the headache he had was not going away

neuromd2012 :

right

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well that is a result of the trauma, but doesn't in itself suggest a bleed

Customer:

so it's a matter of waiting until all symtoms are gone before allowing him to go back to soccer or pe

neuromd2012 :

exactly

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really should not be out there until all of his symptoms are gone

neuromd2012 :

you look at the hockey players, it can take 4 to 6 months

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and that is the way to do it

Customer:

so it's "normal" that after 4 weeks he still have some symtoms

Customer:

wow

neuromd2012 :

because we think the changes in the brain that occur come from a synergistic response to multiple hits

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yes

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unfortunately

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most get better in a few weeks

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the criteria is if you did not have a change in level of conciousness

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then it is 2 weeks off

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but if you continue to have headaches, you are out

Customer:

as far as we know this is the first time with a concussion, but he has had hits to the head before, but never this bad

neuromd2012 :

right

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so I know this is hard to keep him out

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but you should try to limit his environment

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keep it simple

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as long as you can with the hope that his headaches go away

Customer:

at this point what level of activity would be good. Swiming?

neuromd2012 :

swimming and non-major aerobics are fine

Customer:

or nothing at all ... walking

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no contact sports

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right

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aerobics can also stimulate the vascular system in the brain too much

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and keep his headache recurring

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so gentle sports

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are fine

Customer:

ok... he is active but he feels the difference and that it's not ok yet...

neuromd2012 :

yes, he has to feel normal

Customer:

it's my husband who keeps asking what the dr says

neuromd2012 :

I see

Customer:

now I can tell him that he may not be playing soccer this spring at all

neuromd2012 :

well I am overly cautious, but those are the rules from a group of neurologists that evaluated sports injuries

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he will improve hopefully soon

neuromd2012 :

if he knows the Sidney Crosby story (pittsburgh penguin)

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he knows he is not alone

Customer:

I have no problem with being overly cautious, but really wanted to know from an expert. He sure will know this story being a Penguin fan himself.

neuromd2012 :

right

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if you want to hold on

Customer:

sure

neuromd2012 :

I can find the neurology report

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hang on

Customer:

sure

neuromd2012 :

here is a statistical summary

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3359792/

neuromd2012 :

but I am looking for the american academy of neurology report

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hang on

Customer:

Ok.

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hi

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sorry to keep you waiting

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I cannot find it anywhere

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3359785/

neuromd2012 :

here is a more recent article that defines guidelines for time

neuromd2012 :

he should be out

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I hope that helps when you discuss it with him

Customer:

It's ok. Dr. THANK YOU so much for answering all my questions and for giving me peace of mind.

neuromd2012 :

sure good luck

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come back if I can help

Customer:

I will read all of this information.

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Dr Frank T

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good

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bye

Customer:

:)

Dr. Frank and 2 other Neurology Specialists are ready to help you
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Hello again. I hope he is doing ok. They sent me the latest information from the American Academy of Neurology Meeting on Sports concussions in adolescents, so I will attach it here for your interest. Good Luck Dr Frank t
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/780973